Social Work Week


In March of each year we celebrate National Social Work Week in recognition of the contributions of social workers to society. Nationally, CASW celebrates National Social Work Month every March. Each province selects a week in March for Social Work Week.

The goals of Social Week in Alberta include:

  • Educating the public about the wide range of roles social workers perform
  • Heightening the professional profile of Registered Social Workers (RSWs)
  • Encouraging organizations who employ Registered Social Workers and the communities that benefit from their efforts, to celebrate the role and contribution of RSWs by hosting a wide variety of events.

Events held previously include: BBQs, proclamations by local, provincial and federal governments, articles published in the media, awards ceremonies, continuing competence workshops, information displays at workplaces, conferences, luncheons, and awareness raising mailouts.

Social workers across the province are encouraged to form planning groups to promote National Social Work Week. ACSW has resources available to assist in celebrating. Local Area Coordinators also have access to resources and may assist in planning events. Please call our office 1-800-661-3089 or in Edmonton 780-421-1167 for more information.


ACSW - National Social Work Week
Theme: The Art of Cultivating Communities
March 1 - 7, 2015

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Proclamations and Greetings from Calgary, Edmonton and Rocky Mountain House

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For Immediate Release
March 3, 2014

National Social Work Month 2014 Proclamation

Social Workers Promoting Equity for a Stronger Canada

For National Social Work Month 2014 (March), the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) federation chose the theme Social Workers Promoting Equity for a Stronger Canada to reflect the professions growing concern at the rising social, economic and health inequities in Canada.

“In celebrating our profession, we celebrate the achievements of the women and men, both past and present, who have spent their lifetimes fighting to move Canada progressively forward towards a more inclusive society” states CASW President, Morel Caissie.

At present, a deep concern for the profession is how the lessons and evidence of history on the benefits of broadening public investments are seemingly ignored or dismissed on the national level as debate focuses solely on decreasing programs and services to balance lost revenue from targeted consumer tax credits, reductions to the GST as well as to personal and corporate income tax.

“Accountable investments in health, social and economic equity in Canada have been driving forces in building a united and secure Canada, however growing inequities are already being felt on the front line of service delivery” states Caissie. “And if left unaddressed, will threaten to pull the threads of unity that bind us together as Canadians.”

In today’s political environment, the challenge to addressing growing inequities in Canada is to move forward a national dialogue on taxation that begins with the recognition that our strongest security against crime and the exploitation of others is investing in each other.

“If the goal is for Canada is to evolve into a more equitable country, the dialogue on taxation cannot be disconnected from investments in family and community” states Caissie. “The challenge then becomes to acknowledge, support and reward political debate that challenges Canadians to address tax fairness.”


For more information contact:

Fred Phelps, MSW, RSW                                        

Executive Director, CASW




March 2014

Celebrating Our Profession

Social Workers Promoting Equity for a Stronger Canada - National Social Work Month 2014

Celebrations of our profession were held across Canada during March, highlighting the best of our profession as well as bringing focus and purpose in moving forward towards a more equitable country. Click here to access the CASW Proclamation issued at the beginning of March.

Statement by the Honourable Judith Seidman for National Social Work Month

Click here to read Honourable Judith Seidman’s statement in the Senate of Canada in celebration of National Social Work Month.

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